THE State Government is asking Queenslanders to have their say to ensure all women and girls can be healthy and thrive in social, economic, and cultural activities.
Public consultation is now open on the draft Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy and Queenslanders can participate through a short survey.
The Strategy is being developed by Queensland Health in consultation with women and girls in the community, as well as government agencies and other organisations.
Genuine co-design and partnership will deliver real change and extensive consultation is critical to ensure the voices of women and girls living in Queensland are at the heart of the Strategy.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she encourages all Queensland women and girls to have their say.
“You should always be able to access safe, quality care – and your concerns about your health should be heard and believed.
“As someone who has gone through endometriosis, IVF and a miscarriage, I know how important this is.
“It’s why our government is developing a dedicated Women and Girls health Strategy and we want you to be a part of it.”
Many women and girls have already shared their experiences and suggestions on how to improve the health of women and girls which has been reflected in the draft Strategy and this next stage seeks the views of a broader cross-section of Queenslanders.
Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman said that women in Australia and in Queensland experience different health outcomes to men.
“As both the Minister for Health and the Minister for Women, I am committed to doing everything I can to improve the lives of Queensland’s women and girls, no matter where they live,” she said.
The survey also provides an opportunity to share experiences with our health system which will help to further understand the key issues.
All responses will be considered to ensure the new Strategy responds directly to the voices of Queenslanders and to improve the health of women and girls.
The Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy is a commitment under the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2022-27 and will take a whole-of-government approach to health and wellbeing by considering the social determinants of health and the roles that other Queensland Government agencies play in supporting the health of women and girls.
The survey and public consultation draft of the Strategy can be accessed online.